Is this the new beginning?

2016 Sep 27

Run Streak Day 1397


A man on a mission to see if he is still crazy enough to dedicate a ridiculous amount of time and effort to the simple task of running.

After about a year of taking it easy, I think I am ready to get back into the mix of, what I like to call, “crazy running.”  The desire to push myself beyond my limits has returned and I am going to jump on that train as fast as possible, for fear that it may not appear again for a long time.  Last year was amazing.  I completed my first ultra.  Then there was the week where I ran a half marathon in Virginia on a Sunday, followed by a trip to Buffalo the following weekend where I ran a 5k on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday.  It was so much fun, the training, the comradery…the eating.  However, I felt like I needed to step back.  Like I was in a bad spot.  I wasn’t injured but I knew I was fighting against some issues with my body, mainly my hip flexors and back, and in hindsight, I was just burnt out.  Also, I wanted time to pursue other things, such as writing, art and music.  Running hours a day can really cramp your style when you also want some time to just sit down and explore photography or some other hobby.

So I decided to take some time to “deconstruct.” I stopped seeing the doctors who were keeping my body from falling apart.  I stopped participating with my running club. I even stopped running, except for the one mile a day to maintain my streak. I allowed myself to get out of shape.  I felt like I needed to build a new baseline.  In the last month I started to literally feel the weight of my decision.  As I ran, there was a bit of a jiggle going on in my midsection.  I felt that was a good indicator that my time had come to return from my hiatus.  So I looked online for 2017 races and within minutes I had three events picked out for the first have of the year.  A half marathon in February.  An event in March called the “Whale” which is an 8k on a Saturday followed by a marathon the next day. Then in April, a 100 miler.  I don’t know if I will actually do these events, but they are enough of a draw right now to make me start making training plans and looking forward to getting in longer workouts.

I should know in a few days if this is a true return to my running life or a false start.


About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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